British offshore sailor Phil Sharp is putting together a campaign to enter the IMOCA Ocean Masters building up to the championship highlight, the Vendée Globe.

Career Summary

Phil Sharp is one of Britain’s most successful offshore sailors. He claimed victory in the 2006 edition of the notorious Route du Rhum solo transat race, and at his first attempt, finished the Solitaire du Figaro in 2011 as the highest Brit in the history of the race.

Phil comes from a sailing family and has sailed on yachts from a very young age. He first started racing at university where he captained the Imperial College Sailing Team for his final two years, skippering the team to victory in Cowes Week 2003. Shortly after graduating from university with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Phil started racing in the Mini class, and in September 2005, Phil competed in the Mini Transat, a single-handed race from France to Brazil in 21ft boats, considered to be one of the toughest offshore races. After 3 weeks and 4,500 miles, he finished in 4th place overall, the second best British result in the 30-year history of the race.

For 2006, Phil chartered a Class 40 boat for October’s Route du Rhum, a solo transat from St Malo to Guadeloupe. After intense downwind conditions, Phil hooked up the lead of the 25-strong fleet after the first week, seeking out a low pressure system to the North. Despite losing a valuable sail in a storm, Phil fended off his rivals to cross the finish line victorious in 18 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes, and a whole day ahead of second placed Gildas Morvan.


The Big Picture

Phil’s goal is clear: to be the first Briton to win the famous Vendée Globe. This race is the pinnacle of the sailing world: non-stop, around the world, single-handed, without assistance.

"More people have been to space and scaled Everest than have raced single-handed around the world, which highlights the sheer challenge and scale of this demanding event. It is the ultimate competitive challenge in the world today; a test of outright endurance, commitment and perseverance over three months, driven intensely by the desire to win."

"I believe that with the appropriate backing and a competitive boat I can be the first person to break the French dominance of this event. That would be a great way to continue to grow the IMOCA Ocean Masters circuit internationally and bring this incredible sport to the public's attention all around the globe."


Phil Facts
Date of Birth11 May 1981
Place of BirthJersey, Channel Islands
EducationImperial College London
DegreeMEng (Hnrs) in Mechanical Engineering
HobbiesWindsurfing, Triathlon and of course Sailing!
Offshore Class ExperienceClass 40, Mini 650, Figaro, Volvo 60/70
Inshore Class Experience49er, F18, Extreme 40
Career HighlightWinning the 2006 Route du Rhum
•    Seahorse International Sailor of the Month – Sept 2011
•    Seahorse International Sailor of the Month – Jan 2007
•    CI Sports Personality of the Year 2006
•    BBC Jersey Sports Personality of the Year 2006
•    RCC Seamanship Medal 2006
Career Highlights
1st - 2014 Chicago - Mackinac Great Lake Race (double-handed), Seascape 27
2nd - 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Level Class, Class 40
1st - 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Level Class, Class 40
18th - 2011 Solitaire du Figaro (solo), 3rd in rookie class, Figaro
1st - 2011 Solo Basse Normandie (solo), Figaro
1st - 2011 Solo La Grande Motte (solo), Figaro
1st - 2010 UK Figaro Nationals (double), Figaro
1st - 2010 London Boat Show Skiff Grand Prix (helm), 49er
5th - 2007 Rolex Fastnet, (Helmsman) Volvo 60
1st - 2006 Route du Rhum (solo, France - Guadeloupe), Class 40
3rd - 2006 Mini Fastnet, (double) Mini 650
4th - 2005 Mini Transat (solo, France - Brazil), Mini 650
24hr Record for 2005 Mini Transat
3rd - 2005 Transgascogne (solo), Mini 650
4th - 2005 Open Demi Cle (double), Mini 650
6th - 2005 Mini Pavois (solo), Mini 650
2nd - 2005 Odysee D’Ulysse (double), Mini 650
1st - 2003 Cowes Week, Sunsail 36 class (Skipper)
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